2016-02-17

Indonesian govt must review its plans so as to mainstream emissions reduction efforts in forestry sector

JAKARTA (foresthints.news) - Chairman of the Advisory Board on Climate Change to the Indonesian Minister of the Environment and Forestry, Wahjudi Wardojo, said he was optimistic about Indonesia’s efforts to reduce emissions, especially in the forestry sector, taking into account the support of the Paris Agreement and the presence of a strong commitment on the part of President Joko Widodo and Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya. Such support is of the utmost importance to Indonesia, he said.

"Yes, I am very optimistic about these efforts. Why? Because globally we have the Paris Agreement, which will support Indonesia's efforts to reduce emissions. Secondly, at the national level, the President and the Minister of the Environment and Forestry are very committed to reducing emissions. This is very important for us," said Wahjudi on last Thursday (Feb 11) in Jakarta, while speaking to foresthints.news about the achievement of emissions reduction targets in Indonesia.

Wahjudi commented: "Indonesia is a very unique country in the world. First, because Indonesia is one of the most vulnerable countries to the impacts of climate change. On the other hand, Indonesia provides a significant contribution to reducing emissions in the global context."

However, continued Wahjudi, there are several challenges that the government and all Indonesians need to face up to, especially in the forestry sector, where greater focus is needed on how to reduce emissions.

"It is not only at the government level, but also at corporate and community levels. We have to work together to reduce emissions," said Wahjudi, who is also an advisor to the Head of the Indonesian Delegation to COP21 in Paris.

For that reason, Wahjudi stressed, the Indonesian government needs to review its existing short-term and long-term plans and to mainstream the efforts to reduce emissions from Indonesia.